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April 2006 Newsletter!
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Thoughts from Dr. Steelman
Feeling the "Diet" Time Crunch?

     Find that you’re racing throughout your day from the moment you get up to when you collapse in bed at night? And I’d be willing to be that the majority of your meals for you and your family are crammed somewhere in between phone calls, work, activities and events for you or your members of your family, leaving little time for real food preparation that provide good, healthy balanced diets.

     Yes, recent studies have shown that Americans still eat most of their meals at home – but we’re getting more and more of them from restaurants and bringing them home to eat!  Taking the time to assemble and prepare a meal is simply not within our busy time constraints any more, which means the chances of those food choices being the best of healthy choices goes down.

     So how to get around that problem and get your eating habits back in line with what’s best for you and your family? Take a look at what you’re really ordering when you buy take out food! Yes, restaurants are offering more healthy choices – but are you ordering that salad instead of a double bacon cheeseburger? And did you add on the fries or shake too?  Calories don’t disappear on their own accord (darn!), you have to grit your teeth and order the items that don’t sound as appealing as that fat-laden entrée you’re so tempted to purchase. Or at least think about splitting it into two meals to share on another day instead of eating it in one sitting. Surprise yourself!

     Other options include looking a little harder at what your local grocery store has to offer. Most are putting in more and more ready to eat food choices that are both good for you and easy to fix. 20 years ago you didn’t see the pre-prepped vegetables and salads that you do today in grocery stores. Even the frozen food, meat departments and cooler sections have more prepared foods that simply need some warming up and very little prep time.

     I know it’s not easy to change those eating habits. But as your lifestyle changes, food habits need to change in the right direction too or your body will continue to reflect in all the ways you don’t want it to grow! So take a look around, break the food mode you’ve been in and live a little longer because of it!

And remember, you’re always worth it!

diet tips
Increase Your Odds for Weight Loss Success !

Last Minute Doesn't Work So Well!
Think and plan ahead to avoid food triggers that lead to snacking!

Fill 'er Up!
Eat more whole grains, fruits and vegees to help curb filling up on high calories!

Skipping Meals Makes You Eat More Later!
That's right - your body thinks you're starving it, eating regular meals keeps it from going into that "eating everything in sight" mode!

Slow Down and Smell the Roses!
Eat your food more slowly and take time to enjoy it. Gives your brain a chance to catch up to let you know you are full before eating too much!

Happy Healthy Eating! 
diet humor

A Touch o' Humor to Brighten Your Day

Why is it that only when you try to touch your toes that you wish you hadn't eaten those Oreos?!

What is the #1 exercise you need to avoid while dieting?
"Fork Lifts!"

recipe of the month
Plum Raspberry Crumble

Fabulous and tasty!

2 pounds red plums, cut in 1/2, pitted, and cut in 1-inch wedges
2/3 cup granulated sugar, divided
1 1/4 cups all-purpose flour, divided
2 tablespoons orange juice
1/2 pint fresh raspberries
1/3 cup light brown sugar, packed
1/4 teaspoon kosher salt
8 tablespoons (1 stick) cold unsalted butter, diced
1/2 cup quick-cooking oats
1/2 cup sliced almonds, plus extra for sprinkling

Preheat the oven to 350 degrees.

In a large bowl, combine the sliced plums, 1/3 cup of the granulated sugar, 1/4 cup of the flour, and the orange juice and toss well. Add the raspberries and toss lightly. Pour into a 9 by 12 by 2-inch baking dish.

For the topping, place the remaining 1 cup of flour, the remaining 1/3 cup of granulated sugar, the brown sugar, and the salt in the bowl of a food processor fitted with a steel blade and pulse a few times to combine. Add the butter and pulse until the butter is the size of peas. Pour the mixture into a bowl, add the oats, and work it with your hands until it's in large crumbles. Add 1/2 cup of the almonds and mix well.

Spread the topping evenly over the plums, making sure the fruit is covered. Sprinkle with some extra almonds. Bake for 40 minutes, or until the fruit is tender and bubbly and the topping is golden brown. Serve warm or at room temperature.

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  Question: I am currently taking .125 mg of levoxyl/day (thyroid), 30mg of Fluvoxamine and 150 mg. of Wellbutrin/day. Will this interfere with Active8?

  Answer from Dr. Steelman: This will not interfere with any of those medications. If you are ever unsure of medication conflicts and Active 8, be sure to check with your personal physician.

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